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Check your lottery tickets. Someone just won $150,000 at Columbia-area store

Check your lottery tickets. Someone just won $150,000 at Columbia-area store

The other winning October 27 Powerball ticket was sold in New York City.

When a friend texted the day after the drawing to ask if she had won, West said she hadn't had a chance to check.

The win was a shock to the single mum, who struggled to persuade her three daughters and other relatives that it was for real.

West opted to take home $198.1 million in a lump sum, minus what's taken out in taxes.

After correcting the date, she said, "It was red, red, red, red, red, red, jackpot, and I thought I've done something wrong again". The most she had ever won before was $150. She worked full time and took night and weekend classes to earn her bachelor degree in human resources from Upper Iowa University. She and her family will fund causes they deem worthy, she said.

She is overjoyed with her winnings, she said.

West, 51, bought the winning ticket at a general store in Redfield, Iowa where she and her sister stopped for pizza and coffee last month, according to a statement from the Iowa lottery.

"I realize this is a life-changing moment", West said in the statement.

West, who has been working since she was a teenager - even spending her high school days in the local corn and soybean fields - said she'll definitely use a portion of her winnings on some much-needed R&R.

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West said she punched the numbers into the state lottery app, but got nothing. The holder of the NY ticket has not come forward, according to the Iowa Lottery.

She went to find her tickets - which she thought were in her purse - and didn't find them.

West ended up calling her sister and her sister informed her that her tickets were in her sister's truck, which the two women had driven to Casey's the day before.

Ms West said "nobody believed" she had won initially. "Well, nothing showed up in red because I had the wrong date in there".

She and her family are organizing the Callum Foundation, named after her grandson, Callum, who was born prematurely in April and lived just a day. "And I said to my sister 'Get that ticket, get in your truck and get up here and drive slow'".

She has already set up the Callum Foundation, which was officially up and running as of 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

"Once you have won, you realize the responsibility and the impact you can make, and all the frivolity goes out the window", West told reporters in a press conference on Monday morning.

She can't wait to get rid of her piece of junk auto.

She plans to buy a new house and replace her vehicle, a Ford Fiesta with 142,000 miles (228,500 kilometres) "that people have beat up". "Currently I drive a Ford Fiesta with 142,000 miles on it".